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5 Things You Should Do To Avoid Getting A Cold

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  • Eat OystersTo Help Prevent Colds

    Eat OystersTo Help Prevent Colds

    Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and high in fiber to keep your digestive system running efficiently. Don’t forget to add foods like oyster that are high in zinc.

  • Mushrooms Boost Immunity

    Mushrooms Boost Immunity

    There are several foods that help boost immunity, including yummy mushrooms! They are a powerhouse of potassium, vitamin B and fiber  and Vitamin D.

  • Garlic Is Good

    Garlic Is Good

    Garlic not only wards off those vampires... but also helps boost your immunity. Garlic is high in Allicin. In a recent study, people who supplemented with garlic for 12 weeks vs. those that didn’t had fewer colds and shorter duration than the placebo group. 

  • More Dark Chocolate Please!

    More Dark Chocolate Please!

    Dark chocolate can actually help fight a cold! The sweet treat contains wonderful zinc as well as polyphenols and other antioxidants to boost your immune system.

  • Wash Your Hands

    Wash Your Hands

    It’s simple. Wash you hands! Keep in mind that you should wash them with warm water for 30 seconds or as long as you it takes you to sing one verse of Happy Birthday! A recent study showed that using paper towels to dry your hands removed more germs and bacteria than the newest hand dryer where people walk away with damp hands which can carry those viruses out the door with you.

  • Get Some Fitness

    Get Some Fitness

    Exercise can help you from getting sick. Just 20-30 minutes of vigorous activity gets your heart pumping and blood flowing. In studies of women who had exercised for a year compared to those who didn’t, those that exercised had 1/3 of the colds compared to women who didn’t work out. 

  • Keep Surfaces Clean

    Keep Surfaces Clean

    Wipe down common surfaces like you’re your phone, the fridge, door knobs and even your computer keyboard. Simple antiseptic wipes that you carry in your purse can make a big difference in keeping germs at bay. 

  • Get The Flu Shot

    Get The Flu Shot

    An ounce of prevention can really make a big difference. Getting a flu shot is a great idea. Although peak flu season is October thru May, it takes about two weeks for the shot to be most effective so get one before the rush and keep in mind that children younger than five and adults over 65 are at higher risk as well as caregivers, babysitter and people in close contact with someone in a high-risk group.

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